Meet Dinosaur Ridge’s New
Executive Director: Jeff Lamontagne!
On January 17, 2017, a new Executive Director began his tenure at Dinosaur Ridge. Jeff Lamontagne, a resident of Green Mountain in Lakewood and nonprofit Executive Director of 15 years, took the helm after an interim stint from Lou Taylor. “There’s only one Dinosaur Ridge, and it’s synonymous nationwide, and increasingly worldwide, with paleontological treasures,” Jeff says.. “I look forward to working with the dedicated board, staff, and community to build on the rich history here and move the Ridge to a new era of both growth and preservation so that it becomes both a model of specimen protection and a destination for many to observe these unusual treasures.”
Jeff is best known in the immediate community as a Co-Founder and long-time Executive Director (2002-2011) of Second Wind Fund, a counseling program for teens at risk for suicide founded in Lakewood. Over the last five-plus years, Jeff served as Executive Director of Bluff Lake Nature Center, the City of Denver’s largest native habitat open space that also serves as a wildlife refuge and environmental education center. Jeff has a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary.
As many followers of Dinosaur Ridge know, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted 2-1 on January 17 to nix a plan that would have allowed car dealerships to be built in the area around the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors’ Center at C-470 and Alameda. However, the new zoning decision will allow commercial development such as a 50-foot hotel, gas stations, car washes, and warehouses. The old zoning allowed some other limited commercial development as well. Many residents of the nearby community spoke about the car dealership proposal, and provided testimony that clocked in at around 11 hours. The language was finalized by a vote of the commissioners on Jan. 31. With the new restriction on car dealerships, it is unclear whether and how development of the area will proceed.
Dino Tour Bus Funding Campaign!
Thanks to so much community interest and support, Dino Ridge is growing fast, and you can really help more people experience the treasures here!
With Dinosaur Ridge's amazing new discoveries and increasing numbers of visitors, we need to purchase several new tour buses this spring, like the ones pictured here.
-- If you can donate $250 or more, we'll put a fun dino decal on the side of a new tour bus thanking you!
-- If you can donate $1,000 or more, we'll put a plate on the inside the bus thanking you.
-- Whatever you can give, we'll still thank everyone who donates to our bus fund in our monthly "e-tracks" newsletter and on our Facebook page.
Know that we will be searching for energy-efficient tour buses, but have not made final decisions based on vehicle availability yet.
How can you make sure that your donation goes to our special tour bus fund? Please go to...
...and find the "Tour Bus Campaign 2017" button under "Where Do You Want Your Donation Directed?"
You can also always send in a check marked "Tour Bus Campaign" to Friends of Dinosaur Ridge at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison CO 80465.
2016 Volunteer Appreciation & Dinner
Thanks to all of our volunteers, who make things “go” year-round for Dinosaur Ridge! We appreciate everyone’s support in so many ways throughout the year. We really couldn’t do it without you! Here are those volunteers who were specially recognized during our dinner:
Sahara Award - Hottest Day Leading a Guided Tour: Alan Founie
Tundra Award - Coldest Day Leading a Guided Tour: Laura Kennedy
Sauropod Award - Leading the Largest Tour(s): Steve Hart
Rookie of the Year 2016: Mark King
Outstanding Volunteers 2016: Beth Simmons and Marj Becker
Special Thanks: Dr. Lou Taylor for his service as Interim Executive Director
Special Thanks: Bobbi Kilgore for the clever and creative event centerpieces
Our Guest Speaker, Anthony Maltese, Curator at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, rounded out the evening!
Polishing up the Gift Shop!
Come in and see our revitalized gift shop! The face of Dinosaur Ridge has been freshened up, getting a new coat of paint, deep cleaning, reorganization, and some fun and educational new items. Come by and see us, and remember our unique gifts for birthdays and other holidays!
Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps
Registration is open for another great year of Summer Camp programs! Check out our website camp page where you can find information on dates as well as the 2017 Registration Form. Contact Erin LaCount for questions.
Fossil Fish Dig Field Trip
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, May 26 through 28, 2017 for an amazing weekend excursion! This trip will visit the Ancient Lake Fossils private, commercial quarry in the Green River Formation near Fossil Butte National Monument in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
During this trip we will dig in their active split fish quarry and keep the fish you uncover! Friday evening will feature guest speaker Arvid Aase (Fossil Butte National Monument, National Park Service). Saturday evening will feature guest speakers, Ancient Lake Fossils Inc. quarry owner Adam Lindgren, quarry staff Dain Hanson, and Dinosaur Ridge staff Blake Sullivan.
Dates: May 26 through May 28, 2017
Cost: $550/person (Dinosaur Ridge members and volunteers qualify for a $25 discount)
Contact: Blake Sullivan at Dinosaur Ridge. Volunteer@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107
- Breakfast two days
- Lunch two days
- Two evening lectures
- Tools provided at dig (can bring own)
- Anyone under 18 years of age must attend with an adult (valid ID required). All ages welcome.
- Limited walking field trip, not wheelchair accessible.
- Hammers and chisels provided, but if you have your own, please bring.
- Water and sodas provided while at the Quarry. Bring your own water bottle.
- Limited to 24 attendees (pending interest). Need 18 participants for trip to occur.
- $125 non-refundable deposit due with RSVP.
Contact Blake Sullivan to register: Volunteer@dinoridge.org; 303-697-3466 x 107